Green Pastures

Green Pastures is a historic Victorian home housing a restaurant of the same name in south Austin, Texas neighborhood of Bouldin Creek. Completed in 1895 by local minister E.W. Herndon, the house sat on 23 acres (93,000 m2) bordering a wooded area to the south. It was home to a number of families over the years. The Green Pastures restaurant opened in the building in 1946, serving a range of comfort food, and was notable for serving to customers of all races, 18 years before other establishments in Austin were desegregated by law.

The building is located at 811 W Live Oak Avenue. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Location for the 1988 comedy Heartbreak Hotel (film) and childhood residence of the activist, author and radio show host John Henry Faulk.

Green Pastures Restaurant was established by Mary Faulk Koock and husband Chester Koock. Mary wrote historical collection of recipes 'The Texas Cookbook' with the help of the author James Beard.

The grounds have been noted for decades for its beautiful peafowl.


Texas Historical Commission Marker Text

This Victorian home, located on the 1835 Isaac Decker grant, was built in 1894-95 by Dr. E. W. Herndon and sold in 1912 to Judge W. W. Burnett. It became the residence in 1916 of lawyer Henry Faulk (1867-1939), his wife Martha (Miner) (1878-1957), and their children, Hamilton, Martha, Mary, John Henry, and Texana. Naming the home "Green Pastures," Mary and her Husband Chester Koock opened it for public dining in 1946. It was purchased in 1969 by their son Ken Koock and Lee Buslett. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1976


 

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